Particle Debris (week ending 4/23) Prissy, Tog, Porn & Killer apps

There is no doubt that when technical people get together, develop relationships and share ideas and technical information that the community grows. For a hundred years, scientists, technologists, writers, and businessmen have developed a long list of well attended conferences to that end.

However, and this is one of my pet peeves, Apple remains ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside its own sphere. Either Apple feels that no one else has anything to contribute to their efforts or the company is overly paranoid about exposing its own people to the ideas of other really smart people in the community. This thought was echoed by John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly, Program Chairs and founders, Web 2.0 Summit in an open letter to Apple. It’s unlikely that Apple will change its position, but we need to be periodically reminded of Apple’s obstinately uncooperative attitude anyway.

Early in the week, a tweet alerted me to Apple’s free iPhone to iPad Upgrade Program. Take a look at hw the program works.

While Apple remains insular, it also has no intention of committing technological suicide. Apple, in the past, while innovative, was constrained by other company’s products. Apple is so big now, it no longer needs to do that — at least with respect to products. In a very good read, CounterNotions explains: “Apple to xplatform developers: We’re no longer suicidal.”

A good example of being constrained by — and then freed from — competitors or even one-time partners is found in Innerdaemon’s “Sorry, Adobe, you screwed yourself.”

According to Bruce Tognazzini, an Apple veteran and luminary, in his AskTog column, there is a pervasive Steve Jobs theme wrapped into the Apple iPad. Tog provides a fascinating history lesson, based on first hand experience, in “Mac & the iPad, History Repeats Itself.”

While a minuscule percentage of Apple customers and only a slightly larger percentage of tech writers blast Apple for its security and policy stance on the iPhone, once in awhile we need to be reminded of the other side of the coin. Jim Goldman at CNBC does that nicely in a sobering piece: “Security Experts ‘Shocked’ by Palm’s WebOS Vulnerabilities.” You may not be thankful for the relative security of your iPhone, but 50 million Apple customers are.

That leads us to a more public statement by Apple’s own CEO about Apple’s policies. It’s well known that the fastest way possible to infect your PC or perhaps even a Mac is to visit porn sites. That’s where most of the malicious code is. So when Steve Jobs says, “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone,” he’s not just being a prude.

Everyone has a different idea about what the best iPad apps are, but when you put a bunch of good writers together, you can get an awfully good collection of opinions. If you have an iPad, read “iPad killer apps: The TUAW consensus.

This week, there was news about how Apple’s index market value has exceeded Microsoft’s. This is different than market capitalization — in which Apple still trails Microsoft. But the event does suggest that AAPL may soon exceed MSFT in that category as well. It’s not surprising when one looks at Apple’s stock performance compared to Microsoft since 2005.

Have you ever wondered where Apple’s revenue comes from? Here’s a great sand chart from Silicon Alley Insider showing exactly how much money Apple has made over the years from software, Macs, iPhones and iPods. It’s an eye-opener. For example, imagine if Apple had retained an inordinate love affair with UNIX desktops (like SGI and Sun) and never developed the iPod or iPhone. There would have been just about zero growth in the company.

That’s it for this week. Just a reminder. If you run across a great Technical Word of the Week or a story I should know about for this column, don’t be shy. Send me the URL.